Hello again Richard.
There was something you wrote that I didn’t address…
“If we do not now or for the foreseeable future have an identified singular Israel of God complete with apostate MOL, aren’t we then putting off the parousia by another generation?”
There’s two things you mentioned that I’d like to address:
1. “a singular Israel of God”
2. “apostate MOL”
- “a singular Israel of God”
It’s my understanding that the Israel of God will only become truly “singular” (unified) when Jesus returns.
“And then they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.And then he will send out the angels and will gather his chosen ones together from the four winds, from earth’s extremity to heaven’s extremity.” Mark 13:26,27
“Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a great trumpet sound, and they will gather his chosen ones together from the four winds, from one extremity of the heavens to their other extremity.” Matt 24:30,31
“For this is what we tell you by Jehovah’s* word, that we the living who survive to the presence of the Lord will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep in death; because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first. Afterward we the living who are surviving will, together with them, be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we will always be with the Lord.” 1 Thess 4:15-17
Until then we are somewhat “scattered” (compare James 1:1).
- “apostate MOL”
As you likely know, and as Brother King has thoroughly explained, the Man of Lawlessness is also known as The Antichrist.
“Young children, it is the last hour, and just as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared, from which fact we know that it is the last hour.”
So, there is the ultimate antichrist (“the antichrist”) and there are other antichrists (“many antichrists”).
The following scriptures plainly prove that Christ has been appointed Head of the ecclesia: Ps 118:22, 1 Pet 2:7, Matt 28:18, Eph 1:22, 5:23, Col 1:18.
Any Christian group (denominational, non-denominational, small, big, whatever) that places man as the head of the church has an antichrist structure. It is “against Christ” because Christ alone is the head of the church, the ecclesia. The Governing Body of The Watchtower Society is a good example of this but it is hardly the only one; I would guess that most organised Christian religions have placed man at the head of the their church.
It’s among such antichrist structures that Satan can enter as he entered Judas and, thus, antichrists appear. Since “the lawless one’s presence is by the operation of Satan with every powerful work and lying signs and wonders” (2 Thess 2:9) it must be assumed that those of the “many antichrists” must also be by the operation of Satan and may also have “powerful work and lying signs and wonders”. As such, there can be multiple antichrists spread throughout all of the Christian groups & denominations throughout the world at any one time.
Thus it’s my understanding that the “evil slave” within the WTS leadership is AN antichrist, but may not necessarily be “THE Antichrist” and thus we may not need wait another generation to see the “ultimate” Antichrist appear.
Interestingly, having “many antichrists” scattered throughout all of Christendom means that each & every parishioner in all of those churches will have to contend with much the same crisis of faith that will occur when their “idols”, their doctrines, their leadership and their organisations suddenly come crashing down. THEN, the decision will have to be made by all professing Christians: Antichrist, or Christ? Will they love the truth or will they cling to falsehood? It will truly be personal then and only those strong & resolute in faith in Jesus & Jehovah will survive.